Monday, September 26, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Week 39

It's hard to believe we're about 2/3 through this year.  We've had some crazy heavy meals in the last few weeks... sometimes two in one day, so both Ryan and I wanted to keep it light this week.  We're eating salads, sandwiches, soup, and anything we can whip up from the simple ingredients we have on hand in the pantry and lots of fresh produce.  Sometimes the best plan after eating lots of rich foods is to go back to simplicity, so that's what we're doing this week.  No plan, just keeping it simple.

We have another busy weekend ahead, so the junk food and other yummy stuff is sure to be back soon!

Friday, September 23, 2011

First day of Fall 2011

Today is officially the beginning of Fall, so I'd like to share with you a few things I LOVE about this season.... and they are in no particular order because these are the random thoughts of my brain :)
1. Soup - so if I'm being honest, I eat soup all times of year, but the best time to eat it is in the fall! Usually I've had a long break from soup (especially the homemade kind) by the time fall rolls around.  To me, there is just nothing better than a warm bowl of soup on the first few crisp days of fall.  A few of my favorites are.... Easy Crockpot Potato Soup,  Taco or Enchilada Soup,  Cheesy Chicken Corn Chowder, and of course some Chili sometimes!

2. Football Tailgates - clearly, if you know me, you know I grew up in a family that LOVES football. (Clemson football, to be exact).  However, as a proud graduate of THE University of South Carolina, my blood runs GARNET!  My favorite types of foods are all present at tailgates --- dips, chicken, biscuits, grilled stuff, and of course, DIET COKE!  And the fun times spent with family and friends enjoying food, games, and football talk just can't be beat!  Also, on a random note.... ever wonder what would be a great wedding present?  Tailgate chairs!  Our go-to-gift is a matching set of chairs for the bride & groom.  We usually try and get team-themed chairs if possible & we've had several friends tell us the chairs were their
 "favorite" or "most-used" gift.

3. Cool, but not COLD weather - ok, so I HATE cold weather, but I LOVE when it starts to get cool.  If I can sport a sweater without wearing a jacket, or longsleeves with flip-flops, I'm totally down with that.   There's also nothing like riding with the windows down in the car with the seat heater warming up your bottom!
4. Dark mornings - I love me some sleep, so hitting that snooze button becomes so much easier when it is still dark in the mornings!  Usually though, if I let it last too long, I have a furry friend all up in my business & licking my face so he can get his breakfast.  See exhibit A: 

5. Trips to see friends & visitors - We've already been to Charlotte this fall for Carolina's first game against ECU.   Usually we have lots of friends coming in to town for football games & there is already a girls trip in the works with my college friends in the fall!  Of all our college friends, we are some of the few who still live here in town.  We LOVE hosting anyone coming down (so plan your trip soon), but it is also a great time of year to make our own trips to see all those fun people who've left us behind!
6. Preparing for holidays - I'm already thinking up ideas for Christmas gifts, decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas, and just what we'll do for our anniversary this year.  The holiday months always seem to fly by with so much going on, so I'm hoping this year we'll take the time to just enjoy each moment and spend time with family & friends.   Probably as soon as the calendar flips over to October, I'll re-load the Christmas music onto my iPod.  Let's face it, I think we could add about 60 more days to the month of December, and still not have enough time to enjoy all the Christmas tunes. 
Happy Fall Y'all!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Week 38

Menu plan for the week... hurrah for Fall, Football, & Fun!

9.19.11 - RUSH'S w/ our game tickets for free burgers
9.20.11 - Gervais & Vine dinner with girls from work
9.21.11 - Cheese Manicotti
9.22.11 - Potato & Sausage Casserole
9.23.11 - Chicken Enchiladas
9.24.11 - USC vs. Vanderbilt Tailgate!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall Saturday

Whoa, it's been a while since I posted anything but menu plans.  Waking up early today has given me a chance to really enjoy our first real FALL Saturday.

For a change, it is actually surprisingly cool for our first home football game scheduled for tonight at Williams Bryce Stadium.  I'm a little sad that I'm not out running in this fabulous weather with my TNT team, but you can read more about that here.  My leg is on the mend, so I'm hoping to be out on the road again soon!

So given that we have a cool fall day, I'm planning to enjoy it to the fullest.  We'll probably go grab some breakfast.... I'm thinking... hangover hashbrowns???

Then hit up the store for some yummy tailgating food..... perhaps buffalo chicken dip.....  and maybe some sweet black bean & corn salsa...yummm.

Maybe get a few things done around the house, then head out to enjoy some tailgating before the GAMEOCKS take on NAVY!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Week 37

9.12.11 - Crockpot Potato Soup -- first soup night of fall!
9.13.11 - Homemade Calzones
9.14.11 - Freezer Cleanout Venison Cookout
9.15.11 - Chicken Enchiladas
9.16.11 - Celebrating a special birthday boy!
9.17.11 - First 2011 USC Home Game.... Tailgating in our new spot at the State Fairgrounds! Go Gamecocks!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - Week 36

Yep, it's still Monday.  And amazingly, I'm still awake.  I guess that goes to show how much extra sleep I've gotten this weekend, so I can stay up "late".  I highly recommend the 4-day weekend.  Really, think we should have one at least once a month or something like that.  Anyway, the point is, better late than never!

9.5.11 - Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Tater Salad & Cole Slaw
9.6.11 - Lasagna Casserole
9.7.11 - Grilled Pork Chops & Sweet Potatoes
9.8.11 - Leftovers/Freezer Meal
9.9.11 - Date Night Out
9.10.11 - Monthly Dinner Club & USC vs. UGA Football Party